What Can You Do For Love?

Happiness is a Pearl, an original play penned by Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Famer Rody Vera is all set to open on August 25 and shall run up to Sept. 17 at Arts Above, Artist Playground II, 112 West Venue Bldg., West Avenue, Quezon City.

Happiness is a Pearl revolves around three characters: Kenji, a male courtesan; Maria, a poor Pinay Japayuki; and Mari, a wife who falls in love with Kenji.

Before becoming a prostitute in a club in Kabukicho, Tokyo, Mari was married to a wealthy businessman. But Mari’s billionaire husband soon leaves her when she becomes attached to a male gigolo named Kenji, who has a pearl stitched under the skin of his penis. However, Kenji sets his eyes on a poverty-stricken Filipina entertainer named Maria. Intertwined by fate and struggles, how will Kenji, Maria, and Mari find the true meaning of love and happiness?

Happiness is a Pearl is directed by Paul Jake Paule, an esteemed actor, director and Aliw Awards nominee.

The cast: Kenji – Glen Asaytona, TJ Dela Paz,  Julian Roxas  and Arvin Trinidad; Mari – Cathrine Go, Micah Musa, and  April Jasmin Rosales; Maria –  Ahlyxon Leyva, Sheena Ramos, and Ira Ruzz.

The ensemble: Star Alferez, Jessa Bisnar, Rey Ann Guilas, Joyan Kiu, Beaulah Mae Saycon, Sheneill Solis, Princess Tuason.

The Artistic Team is led by Paul Jake Paule (Director), Roeder Camañag (Artistic Director), Jesse Lucas (Music By), Lezlie Dailisan (Choreographer) Mailes Kanapi (Artistic Consultant) Jeffrey Camañag (Production Design Consultant) Ma Fatima Cadiz (Assistant Director) John Mark Yap (Lay-out Designer) Aly Mondonedo (Photographer) Sem Pabion (Dramaturg) Rowena Jarito(Sound Designer), Glenn Caspe(Lights Designer) and Reynoso Mercado (Production Designer).

The Production Team is led by Kimberly Claire Somoza (Production Manager) , Joselito “Toots” Tolentino (Publicist) Pat Gajes (Stage Manager), Jeremy Cabansag (Deputy Stage Manager), Arjie Rebuldela (ASM for Lights/Boardman) , Beaulah Mae Saycon (ASM for Costume), Star Alferez (Costume Mistress), Jessa Bisnar (Make-up Supervisor), Rey Ann Guilas (Prop head), Rowena jarito(Spinner) , and Set team : Glenn Caspe, Jayson Garcia, Paul Candor and Joyan Kiu.

For tickets, call Ticketworld 8919999. For inquiries, call 09759193179 c/o Kimberly Somoza.

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